Smelly Danielly
27. 04. 2016

How could I NOT buy this onesie? #baby #drake

Allow me to ramble on about life and pregnancy related items.

I am currently 31.5 weeks and everything is good. I am very, very thankful for that. The closer and closer I get to 33 weeks (when Matteo was born) the less and less anxiety I have.

Given the drama around Matteo’s birth and the fact that he was delivered via Emergency C-Section, I was able to chose between a natural birth or a scheduled c-section this time around. This is something I have thought a lot about over the last few months. I have talked to many people and heard many stories and in the end, I have decided to go for the scheduled c-section. This is a decision I feel very comfortable with and while I am sure many people have many options about this choice, it is my choice and to be honest, I don’t really care about your opinions. Ha. With this pre-selected date written down in my calendar I can now say I have less than 55 days to go. The planner in me rejoices at this. And yes, I know that just because I have a scheduled date written down doesn’t mean baby is going to adhere to that plan (Hello! Look what happened with Matteo!), but it allows me to focus on something.

The last few weeks have brought about the most exhaustion I have ever felt in my life. When I was this far along with Matteo I was stuck in a hospital bed on bed rest, so there was no physical activity that required me to exert any amount of energy. This time around I am not on bed rest, but rather running around with a toddler, working part time, and in the throws of nesting. I want to purge everything. Every day I find something else to clean and organize and it is leaving me constantly tired. Thankfully for me, I tend to do this every so often anyways, so there isn’t a lot of stuff to clean out but there is enough to totally wipe me out by the end of the day.

I really, really want to start decorating the nursery but I’m stuck in a bit of a dilemma. The baby’s room is currently the guest room, and since there is already a bed in there, my thought is that I will sleep in there for the first few months so that baby and I will not disturb Chad when we wake up through out the night. Chad is already the lightest sleeper ever so if baby were to sleep in our room, he would probably become a miserable zombie. And that is not good for anyone. The dilemma comes in fact that the bed that is in there is a double bed and takes up quite a bit of real estate. So while I think that baby’s furniture will technically fit, it’s probably going to be squished, and nothing will be able to rest in it’s final resting place, which is going to drive me nuts. So, really, there is no dilemma, I just need to suck it up that the room is not going to be 100% perfect right away.

Oh first world problems.

05. 04. 2016

Easter for us is kind of like a second birthday for Matteo. Even though the dates don’t line up this year, it was two years ago around this time that Matteo FINALLY came home after an exhausting 137 days in the hospital, just in time to celebrate Easter. It was his first Holiday spent with family. It was his first time at Church. And while we don’t go gift crazy like we would on his birthday or Christmas, we do like to celebrate it a bit beyond chocolate eggs.

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This year haul.

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I knew the “fuzzy ball” was going to be a huge hit.

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Play Doh has become a big thing in this house, expect instead of him playing with it independently we wants me to sit with him and roll out letters. Classic Matteo.

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Bunny Ears! Matteo loves bunnies.

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Our Easter display.

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We had dinner at my Moms house for Easter as tradition states. Chad family joins us as well. Matteo got all dressed up for the occasion, looking ridiculously adorable as per usual. Nonna got him a small collection of Mr. Men books which he loves and Grandma got him a lawn mower that blows bubbles, so pretty much the greatest thing ever.

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Classic family photo on Nonna’s couch. It will be fun to make a collage of these one year.

I was thinking about planning an Easter egg hunt but I just couldn’t get my act together in time. In a perfect world I would love to set it up in the back yard since it’s so big with so many great hiding spots, but with all the back yard wildlife and iffy weather, it’s probably something I’d have to set up in the morning for the kids to hunt in the afternoon. And while I could have hidden eggs in the house like my parents used to do, I just think Matteo is at the age where he would lose interest very quickly. He didn’t even care about the eggs I laid out for him on the fireplace. Maybe next year he’ll be in more of a hunting mood.

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On a rather chilly but beautiful morning, Elise and I decided to venture out with the kiddies to Redwood Park in Surrey. With lots of trees, trails and a playground for kids of all ages, this park is a must see. There is a replica fort you can climb and take in the views as well as a hidden fairy village full of adorably decorated mini houses.

In the late 1800s, 80 acres of land was given to deaf twin brothers, David and Peter Brown, by their father on their 21st birthday. Around 1893 they started planting the beginnings of what would become a forest containing 32 different species of trees from around the world. The land was donated to the city of Surrey and is now a wonderful park to visit and explore.

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“Knock Knock”. No one was home.

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Elise describes the Fairy Village as more of a Fairy Ghetto. There used to be only a handful of houses spread about that you actually had to go and look for. Now there are over 100 placed absolutely everywhere. It may not be as magical as it once was, but it’s still fun to check them all out.

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The playground includes an area for toddlers as well as bigger kids, a sand pit for digging and a large swing. There are covered picnic areas spread throughout the park making it a perfect family spot in the summer.

It ended up being so cold the morning we chose to explore that we didn’t spend a lot of time at the playground because we were freezing. I look forward to going back again on a sunnier and warmer day.

19. 03. 2016

Matteo now has orthotics because he's inherited his father's very flat feet. It was recommended to me to get him skate shoes as they accommodate the orthotics better. I fell in love with these even thought they were ridiculously expensive. I don't know if

Matteo was lucky enough to inherit his fathers very flat feet. Physio (who has been following him since birth because of his extended hospital stay) suggested it might be a good idea to get him some insoles to help support his little feet. Chad agreed as he knows the difficulty in dealing with such feet, so we went ahead and ordered a pair. Problem is, they fit in a size 11 shoe. They were ordered in a bigger size so that he would have a lot of time to wear them instead of growing out of them so quickly. This is good in theory but really awkward in practice. Matteo currently wears a size 8 – 8.5 shoe so he looks kind of ridiculous wearing a size 11. None the less, I went in search for a great pair of shoes that would accommodate Matteo’s giant insoles. Enter these ridiculously expensive but ridiculously stylish shoes that make me want a pair of my own.

Morning routines.

Matteo is obsessed with his Papa. On the way home from my Mom’s the other day all he said the whole car ride home was, “I see Papa! I see Papa!”. If Papa is home he rules supreme in Matteo’s book, mostly because Papa lets him get away with pretty much anything.

What do you do when you're ridiculous? You buy your Goddaughter Hunter boots for her birthday.

Even though I have a child of my own, I find it really hard to buy kids birthday presents, unless there is something specific they are really into. When it came time to buy Evelyn a 2nd birthday gift I was kind of stumped. Then I was struck with a brilliant idea, “I should be ridiculous!”. With that thought in mind I went out and bought her the most adorable pink Hunter boots.

No playdate is complete without freshly made scones for the Mama's.

I made scones for the first time the other day and they were delicious. Not to mention SO easy. I don’t know why I hadn’t made them before.

Saturday moring selfie. Chad's hair is the best.

Family Selfie!

Morning.

Sometimes you take a picture of your kid and think “when did he get so big?”

Play dates where children run around with baskets on their heads #supersafe

Matteo had a play date with his cousins the other day. As expected, it looked like a bomb of toys went off in the house. Then they got bored of the toys and thought it would be a good idea to walk around with baskets on their heads no longer allowing them to see all the different toys they could step on and trip over. Super safe!

10. 03. 2016

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A few weeks ago we had some cousins visiting us from Italy. My Mom’s cousin Diego is a well know Italian conductor and is currently touring with Il Volo in the US. With a few days off he came up to Vancouver to visit us. A few days before he arrived, however, his wife Mirella flew over from Italy and we went on some sight seeing adventures.

It was very windy and cold the one day we decided to walk around the seawall and the dark clouds made for some dramatic picture taking. I made sure to bring Matteo’s boots with us because I knew he would see puddles and insist on doing some splashing.

I love when family and friends come to visit and I get to play tourist in my own city!